Triple digit temperatures are back, restrictions are easing and we are discovering a new normal for summer in Las Vegas. You know what that means? Pool season is back, and we know no one does pool parties like Sin City. Nothing says summer like the smell of coconut tanning oil, flip flops and barely-there swim attire. Summer in Sin City brings the return of Temptation Sundays.
“I am so excited to have the pool party return for 2021,” said J.Son Dinant of Temptation Sunday. “We have all been through a tough year and while we still have safety precautions in place, I am looking forward to seeing everyone and safely returning to the party!”
This experience is officially the longest running gay pool party in town and creating a physical space for the LGBTQ+ community has never been more important. No one knows this better than MGM Resorts International who brought Temptation Sundays back to the Luxor north pool as a key part of their long-standing diversity and inclusion efforts.
We sat down with MGM Resorts International VP of National Diversity Relations Tony Gladney for a fireside chat about resilience and the future of diversity and inclusion as our community comes out of challenging times.
Can you give us a quick overview/timeline for the introduction of structured diversity and inclusion program at MGM Resorts International?
In 2000, MGM Resorts International established itself as an industry leader took the lead as one of the first companies in the gaming and hospitality industry to voluntarily adopt a formal diversity and inclusion initiative. This is a critical pillar of our company’s enterprise-wide Social Impact and Sustainability philosophy, which also focuses on community investment and environmental sustainability as key elements. With the acquisition of Mirage Resorts, also in 2000, and MGM Grand Detroit in 2005, our employee base grew and with it, the diversity of our employees and our guests. We felt the need to reflect who represented and put in place the Diversity and Inclusion philosophy and legacy that you see today.